29 Dec 2014: One day more, you might say

Nerves, nerves, nerves. Nerves mean excitement and fear. It’s easier to say what I am excited about than to say what I am scared about, so I’ll start there.

These pictures show where I’ll be. It’s right on the lake, Lake Geneva or lac leman. I am excited in part because Switzerland is beautiful, especially where I’ll be. Of course, I have been to beautiful places before: sitting on the lake or seeing the first snow fall in Minneapolis; watching the hills roll by while driving into Pittsburgh; green earth, winding dirt roads, and an island in the ocean in southern Honduras. Next on the list will be glancing out the window of a train to see a perfect green landscape, or opening my eyes as wide as I can to try to take in the mountains surrounding my school. In Minnesota, we alpine ski down small hills, don’t cha know.

 

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The change in scenery is just one of the exciting changes. There will be a change in language, currency, people, customs, punctuality, just to list a few that come to mind. Change is good. I love change! Change can be hard, but often in a way where you can show yourself what you can handle.

I suppose change can be nerve-racking as well. Okay, I know it can be. And it can be hard, and I guess that’s what I’m nervous or scared of. I’m nervous for all of those things I didn’t think of.

At the end of the day, I’ve said goodbyes and packed a few bags, and it’s time to push any nerves or fears out of my brain. I can save those for when things go wrong. I’m hoping this is one of those times when being in over my head is the best way to be.

Housekeeping:

I’ll facebook/email/maybe post my address later. Right now it’s Holly Stein / the Streets of Lausanne / Switzerland. To be fair, I bet the streets are pretty clean.

I should be able to text via wifi with a fancy new app I got. Same number! And if that doesn’t work, there is always facebook. I think you might even be able to make calls through facebook.

Keep in touch!

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